Nifty Thrifty

Last week I had a few minutes alone after running to the Post Office and decided to nip into the near-by thrift store. I had some great finds – and not what I usually find. First of all (above) these zippers! A ton of them – I think I got about 60 zippers for $6. I was so excited – I have a few cute little projects that I’ve needed zippers for and: voila! And there’s even some in orange and lime green. How awesome is that??

Then, embroidery hoops.
Have you seen this picture from the Purl website? I actually visited Purl Patchwork in New York last spring- before I ever knew they had a blog – and loved the look of these framed fabrics. So I’ve been on the lookout for wooden embroidery hoops. Yes!


Not a ton of vintage sheets to choose from this time – which is partly okay because I have a decent stash that I need to start cutting before I accumulate more. But there is a particular print I’ve had my eye out for and I found a giant pillow case out of it. Woo! (below)

This one is purely sentimental – this was my bedroom ensemble when I was little. Sheets, curtains, chair cushion, my mom even took an extra sheet and made me a comforter that I kept around for years -even when my room had changed. Just looking at that fabric brings back so many memories. Not sure what I’m going to do with it – just wanted to have it.Now, I have been a good thrifter lately. Not buying lots of stuff I don’t have a purpose or place for. I even walked past a couple of good looking pyrex bakers because I just don’t have a place for them right now. But I have been looking for vintage books. There is ample supply of books from the mid-90’s available like Scooby Doo and the Carebears – and one day those will be vintage too and maybe I’ll kick myself that I didn’t hoard them now. But again – no purpose or place for at the moment.

Then I found what I’ve wanted. A vintage 1950’s school book with color pictures. It is so adorable!
This one is definitely a cutter – and has already been cut extensively – but there are still some great pages.

Not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it yet, (maybe frame stuff?) but now I’m prepared when I find it.
And if I ever need to know how to re-pot a broken geranium plant, I know where to turn.
Look at that cute grocer. As much as I love Target, wouldn’t it be fun to go to a store like that?

Oh the vintage charm. All mine for 69 cents.


  1. says

    i’m totally working on my hoop wall! i’ve been scouring our DI over here and i’ve found some pretty bigs ones and some really cute little ones. i actually just cut out the fabric and put them up today…hmmmm i feel a post coming on…<BR/>totally jelous of the zippers and the book finds! nice!

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